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 History of this Word

"self" is from "self" (self) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"self-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "automatic" or "a thing itself" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

self- illustration They planned to discontinue this old fashioned mechanical, selfwinding, watch.
self- illustration What are the negative effects of not maintaining self-control?